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Graduate School of Letters


The Graduate School of Letters, which is the oldest graduate school at Toyo University, has eight programs that deal with humanities-related academic fields. This graduate school inherits Toyo University's tradition of learning by looking at human activities from a broad perspective while exploring the fundamental nature of language by examining language as a “tool of thinking.” Alumni of this graduate school are pursuing successful careers as highly skilled professionals such as teachers, civil servants and curators, as well as researchers.


Course of Philosophy

Mastering knowledge that integrates theoretical philosophy and practical philosophy.

Noting the principles that link theoretical philosophy and practical philosophy, this course aims to foster human resources that can achieve them in society. When focusing on theoretical philosophy, research is carried out based on the decryption and interpretation of traditional philosophy texts. When studying practical philosophy, there are lectures held on psychiatry, as well as special lectures by a variety of pragmatists that include foreign lecturers and specialists in cognitive and kinetic therapy invited to speak on the theme, “the philosophy of the body.” Whether the attention is placed on theoretical or practical philosophy, students can learn knowledge that integrates both.

Course of Indian Philosophy and Buddhist Studies

Unraveling the ideology of India and the wisdom of Buddhism.

This course covers a b road range of research on Indian philosophy and Buddhist studies as a w hole, from the ideology/culture of ancient, medieval, and present-day India and the Early Buddhism/Mahayana Buddhism that flourished in India and spread to China, Tibet, and Japan, to the Buddhism newly created by incorporating ideas from each region. The primary purpose is to nurture highly educated individuals who want to understand the basics of living Indian philosophy and Buddhism. Participation is not restricted to serious researchers who wish to rigorously investigate the original texts ̶the general public is welcome to join. Come and study together in a research environment where individuals can freely pursue their own questions without being bound to a specific religion.

Course of Japanese Literature and Culture

Examining the existence of humans by researching the legacy of literature.

The goal of this course is to cultivate research skills for the purpose of studying creations of literature and culture that have occurred to date by carrying out research practice on legacies of literature compiled in the Japanese language. This course brings together teachers well versed in literature and culture dating from ancient, mid-ancient, medieval, early modern, and modern times who will lead students in profound research while encouraging active discussion between teachers and graduate students, among graduate students, and with participating scholars from Japan and abroad. Students can thoroughly utilize the meaningful environment of this course and the compilation of knowledge and beauty underlying long traditions that will lead to the next generation of creative research.

Course of Chinese Philosophy

Pioneering a new Chinese philosophy founded on traditions.

Chinese philosophy in Japan, which passed down the study of the Chinese classics from the Edo Period and traditions of Sinology from the west, has given shape to advanced research based on philology. This course attempts to develop a new Chinese philosophy on top of research from these predecessors. It is believed that research skills and original creative genius can be enhanced through the integrated studies of Sinology that include not only philosophy, literature, and language, but also history and religion/arts. In addition, interpreting documents and analyzing materials leads to comprehension of research methods and builds one’s own methodology. Through this kind of study, this course strives to cultivate highly qualified researchers and individuals from the general public that possess expert abilities. The study of Chinese philosophy and literature from a global perspective means standing in a position of world history in terms of time, and creating an epic ideology of time that incorporates the perspectives of the Asian region in spatial terms.

Course of English Literature

Pursuing the true nature of Anglo-American literature and the English language.

This course offers students and the general public alike interested in Anglo-American literature and the English language the opportunity to study with the aim of acquiring the ability to deeply sense and consider matters through the study of literature, and gaining the skills to systematically understand the English language by learning English language. This course is part of the English Literature Program Council that is comprised of 12 graduate schools, including major universities in Tokyo. Students can participate in classes at other graduate schools and utilize libraries at member universities.

Course of History

Developing original viewpoints and theories based on the achievements of our predecessors.

This course consists of three divisions, “Japanese History,” “Western History,” and “Eastern History.” Students can take classes across courses. A day/evening course system is utilized so that not only graduates but also the general public can study, and there is an entrance examination for the general public. The teaching staff for each course shares methods for reading and analyzing materials and texts, and provides careful guidance for individual research themes.

Research is conducted through individual viewpoints and theories based on the achievements of predecessors, and comprehensive support is provided so that students can produce inventive and unique research outcomes. This course focuses on nurturing serious, young researchers. The Hakusan Historical Society shares history traditions and is registered with the Science Council of Japan. It also serves as a venue where graduate students can present research. Becoming involved in the organizational operation enhances personal connections and broadens global perspectives on history.

Course of Education

Cultivating the ability to solve a variety of issues in the field of education.

This course is made up of four areas, school education, educational psychology/counseling, lifelong learning, and special education. It is characterized by the implementation of practical research that leads to improving the problems and questions faced in various circumstances and workplaces. The provision and content of classes and form of completion have been designed so that research and studies may be continued while students work, in order to accommodate those involved in the education of young employees and staff training. Furthermore, in addition to the conventional pedagogy and classes on psychology, there are also lectures offered on class analysis, environmental education, Japanese/arithmetic, mathematics, science, social studies, music, arts and crafts, and fine arts, so that persons wanting to become a school educator and persons who are currently teachers can acquire even greater advanced practical leadership skills. In addition to the junior high school (social studies), high school (geography and history/citizenship), and “specialization certificate” for special school teachers, students can now also obtain a “specialization certificate” for elementary school teachers. Take advantage of this program to resolve various issues that arise at school and the workplace. Also, in addition to the conventional master’s thesis, students are able to select the “special topic research paper” for practical research that utilizes methods such of action research. In regard to the program completion, from FY2013 the program has been changed to a weekday/Saturday daytime and evening class system.

Course of English Communication

Developing sensibilities as a citizen of the world through specialized training commensurate with skills.

This program strives to create capable persons who can think and act on a global level, and possess communication skills through the shared global language of English. Not only does this program train researchers and teachers, but it also stresses education that focuses on developing the skills of those already employed and the general public. Students thoroughly and repeatedly practice listening and speaking in the comprehensive curriculum offered through day and evening courses and improve their ability to understand specialized texts and write papers that clearly communicate opinions. While the aim is of course to improve English skills, the program also strives to conduct multifaceted research on culture in English-speaking countries and Japan to create human resources that are also well balanced on a human level. Students who have completed the program are working in a variety of industries as researchers, high school/university teachers, translators, employees at airlines, travel agencies, tourism companies.



Course of Philosophy [PDF/19KB] 
Course of Course of Indian Philosophy and Buddhist Studies [PDF/19KB] 
Course of Japanese Literature and Culture [PDF/20KB] 
Course of Chinese Philosophy [PDF/19KB] 
Course of English Literature [PDF/19KB] 
Course of History [PDF/20KB]
Course of Education [PDF/22KB] 
Course of English Communication [PDF/19KB]

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